Gosport gunning for more upsets

Gosport boss Alex Pike
Gosport boss Alex Pike
Steve Hutchings scored late for Moneyfields to earn them a draw. Picture: Ian Hargreaves

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Manager Alex Pike is backing his Gosport Borough side to rise to the occasion again as they travel to Southern League south & west league leaders Bideford.

Borough dumped in-form Blue Square Bet South club Dorchester Town out of the FA Trophy last weekend and are determined to capture another prized scalp.

‘I have no trouble motivating this squad for the big occasions,’ said Pike.

‘It was probably our best performance of the season last week and the final scoreline flattered Dorchester.

‘People watching the game would have thought we were the Blue Square South side.

‘The pleasing thing is we are winning games with nowhere near our strongest side available.

‘It shows the depth and the worth of our reinstated reserve team, with players moving up to do the job.

‘We have gone something like 15 games in all competitions since our last defeat and we are playing well at the moment.

‘The play-off zone is now within touching distance but Bideford is never an easy place to go to get a result.

‘It is important that we stick to our game plan because we know that works and will have to be mentally tough.

‘We showed those qualities at Clevedon in midweek when we won in the wind and rain on a heavy pitch.’

Pike is hoping to have experienced defender Aaron Cook back from injury but Dan Wooden remains a doubt after limping off in midweek.

Borough’s FA Trophy adventure continues next weekend with a plum home tie against Blue Square Bet premier side Braintree Town, managed by ex-West Ham United legend Alan Devonshire.

Pike is adamant his players will remained focused on the difficult task of winning at Bideford before turning their attention to knock-out glory.

‘My players won’t be distracted,’ said Pike.

Gosport Borough: Ashmore, Hards, Jones G, Cook, Molyneux, Poate, Martin, Wilde, Woodward, Kirby, Ford, Langworthy, Price, Way, Bennett, Laycock.